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Fire burns over 1,000 acres near South Point in Ka‘u

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Fire/rescue crews answered a 2:31 p.m. alarm Sunday (June 1) to the Ka‘alu‘alu area of South Point for a brushfire.

The brushfire originated near Ka‘alu‘alu Bay and was quickly pushed by tradewinds in a Northwest direction. About 1.5 hours after report of the fire the area burned was 421 acres. Crews used 4-wheel-drive vehicles for ground crews to access the blaze along with two helicopters performing water drops and two bulldozers cutting fire breaks.

By 6:45 p.m. Sunday the brushfire measured 1,022 acres. The fire was fueled by brush, grass and trees in the area and was mostly contained later in the night. Ground crews remained on the scene overnight to monitor the fire and to prevent its spread. Helicopter water drops are continuing this morning.

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